They are known as the ‘sandwich generation’, people who are caring for both children and their aging parents.
Wisconsinite, @jesicaj1 is recognizing early that her future could be defined by rising costs and lack of support.
“ Did you know that people caught between the demands of both child care and elder care are known as the ‘sandwich generation’?
The task of caring for aging relatives is falling heavily on family members and the emotional and financial burdens can be a lot to bear.
I saw first-hand how having to care for someone else full time affected my dad. His aging and disabled brother needed full-time in-home care and it really took a toll on my father.
Having to constantly be available to administer medications, ensure his brother’s safety, and keep him fed and clothed not only affected my dad financially but also mentally — and he doesn’t even have little kids at home to take care of anymore. Imagine if you had to do all of that while simultaneously raising your kids!
My husband and I are at a point where we will have to start thinking about what our expectations will be as our own parents get older.
Who will handle medical decisions?
Do our parents have enough financial resources to live on their own?
Will we provide in-home care or will they need to be placed in a home?
Will our parents need to move in with us?
What will the extra costs be to house, clothe, and feed our parents?”